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Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Research Training

conferenceA fundamental aspect of the Case Western Reserve University / University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery Fellowship is teaching trainees how to master the research process and incorporate research into their everyday lives. We have a diverse group of faculty with varied backgrounds, providing opportunity for collaboration on a broad range of research topics.

Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery fellows choose a mentor from URPS faculty based on their basic science, translational or clinical research interests. Fellows dedicate a total of 12 months to research during their training, in alignment with ACGME requirements. The thesis project is completed and presented in the third year of fellowship.

Research Resources

fellows benefit from the resources of Case Western Reserve University, one of the top biomedical research institutions in the country, as well as resources at both University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and Metro Health, including:

  • Access to large national databases:
    • Premier Database
    • Nurses' Health Study Data
    • NSQIP data
    • National Ambulatory Surgical Sample
    • National Inpatient Sample
    • University of Michigan MRI Biorepository
  • Artificial Intelligence Lab
  • Center for Medical Mycology (microbiome studies)
  • Collaboration on Systematic Reviews with Yonsei University School of Medicine in Korea
  • Facilities to help with grant writing
  • Disease Prevention Center
  • Education and Communication Center
  • Outcomes Research and Quality Care Center
  • Research & Innovation Center



CWRU / UH Cleveland Medical Center URPS fellows often perform both clinical research and bench research depending on the breadth and depth of their topic of interest. For those interested in bench research, trainees also have access to cutting-edge research facilities, which comprises the UH Urology Institute and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology laboratories’ nearly 10,000 combined square feet of research space with several individual bench areas, tissue culture rooms, chemical fume hoods and a dedicated cold room.

Other resources available include:

  • Electrophoresis and chromatographic equipment
  • ELISA plate reader
  • Fluorescent, confocal, polarizing and light microscopes
  • High-pressure cell disruption system
  • IEC clinical centrifuge
  • Kodak digital imaging system
  • Liquid scintillation and gamma counters
  • Napco double CO2 incubator
  • PosiFlow 2 pump and 4-chamber pump
  • State-of-the-art computers
  • Laminar flow cabinet
  • Spectrophotometer
  • -20 freezer, -80 freezer, 4 ℃ refrigerator
  • Animal surgery supplies (mouse, rat, rabbit, sheep)

Have Questions?

Call Delicia Pratts, Residency Program Coordinator, at 216-844-3934 or email Delicia.Pratts@UHhospitals.org.

Learn more about UH Cleveland Medical Center’s Observation Program / Electives for URiM Students / Externships & Internships with UH Urology Institute.